Hockey: Oilers and Draisaitl busted out of NHL playoffs

Hockey: Oilers and Draisaitl busted out of NHL playoffs

The NHL season ends for Leon Draisaitl and his Oilers in game six against the Vegas Golden Knights. A disappointment for Germany’s best ice hockey player, but a hope for the DEB selection.

Leon Draisaitl was eliminated from the NHL playoffs with the Edmonton Oilers and could theoretically travel to Finland for the Ice Hockey World Championship. In game six of the series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Oilers lost 2-5.

The team from Las Vegas advanced to the final of the Western Conference with their fourth win and will meet the Seattle Kraken around national goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer or the Dallas Stars. In this series it is 3:3.

For the Oilers around Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, on the other hand, the season ends again before the Stanley Cup finals. In the most important home game of the season, the hosts turned an early deficit into a 2-1 lead in the first three minutes, but then conceded a hat-trick in the second period from Vegas pro Jonathan Marchessault. In the final minute, William Karlsson scored into the empty Oilers goal.

NHL star to DEB team?

Draisaitl remained without a goal and ended the playoffs with 18 points. With 13 goals, he is clearly the top scorer in the playoffs.

Should Draisaitl decide to travel to Finland and want to help select the German Ice Hockey Federation, he would probably not be available until the end of the week. When asked about this scenario, sports director Christian Künast recently emphasized after the 3-4 win against Finland: “It would always be worth it. A Leon Draisaitl would also be worth a game.”

Source: Stern

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